So, seeing that it is still summer, and staying with the ethnic food theme this is about one of the many things I learned in New Mexico. I loved living in New Mexico and the food there is quite unique and different from other places in the Southwest. At this time of year the green chili is harvested and the air is everywhere filled with the aroma of roasting green chilies . In every grocery store parking lot there is a big metal mesh drum full of chilies being turned and roasted. If you have never been to New Mexico you may not know how ubiquitous green chili really is. You can buy a green chili bagel, a green chili muffin, and on and on to some very unlikely combinations. In every New Mexican cuisine restaurant you will be asked “red or green?” Which means do you want your enchilada smothered in red chili or green chili and understand that it will be almost a purée. It is a condiment, not a chili Texas or Arizona style.
Which brings me to guacamole, one of my favorite salads, and yes, I mean salad. In New Mexico if you ask for guacamole you are likely to get a purée, a condiment, much like the chili. If you want that wonderful stuff you scoop up with a corn chip you have to approach it with a different mind set. And make no mistake, you cannot use the beautiful large smooth green Florida avocados which taste like butter but are completely inappropriate for guacamole. I take about 3 ripe but not mushy avocados and just put large pieces in a bowl. Dice up at least a half of a sweet onion very tiny and chop a nice ripe tomato, that can be mushy. In a perfect world, scald and skin the tomato. Fresh lime, cilantro, cumin, salt, finely chopped jalapeño (or not) or a dash of Tabasco, garlic. I just cut through it with a small knife until mixed and chunky. To get it totally mixed you can use a spoon but try to keep the texture chunky. [tweetshare tweet=”Once you make a New Mexican guacamole salad you will never go back. You may tweak it and make it your own but you will never be satisfied with the store bought stuff again. Mucho gusto.” username=”@tmeyers”]